I’m having what must be a common issue and am looking for some advice.
Prints aren’t matching the monitor image. The deviations are specific and pretty predictable. Shadow values are printing too dark. Midtones and highlights look just right, and colors look right.
If I work with a test image, like a step wedge, both print AND the monitor image are having trouble with the shadow values blocking. I see very little differentiation between tones beyond 90 or 95% black. But the printer must be relatively darker, because prints seem dark relative to the soft proof.
I’m working with an NEC Spectraview monitor. I’ve calibrated and profiled with the NEC colorimeter that it came with, and with my i1pro spectrophotometer (new to me, but the previous model).
My target values are 100cd/m brightness, gama 2.2, 6500K. With the colorimeter, Delta E is around .85, and with the spectrophotometer it’s around 0.35. The spectrophotemeter calibration also shows a much larger color space … pretty much all of Adobe RGB. But it seems to be less accurate in the shadow values.
Printer is an Epson 3880 with OEM inks. I used i1 Profiler, with 1600 color patches. I profiled the printer with Harman Gloss Baryta paper and with Epson Gloss paper (for proofing). Prints on the two papers match each other perfectly.
I’m about to have a printmaker make some large prints for me, and hoping my proofs match his. If they do, then my problems are all on the monitor end. But I suspect I’m in for more trouble than this.
Any thoughts on where to begin?
Thanks so much.